Werth to Sox? 'Chasing a ghost'

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Yes, the Red Sox have been involved in talks for Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth. But it’s not going to happen, according to a major league source with direct knowledge of those talks.

“You’re chasing a ghost,’’ the source said when asked how deep the Sox were in on Werth, the 31-year-old All-Star outfielder who is eligible for free agency after the season.

Werth is putting up some good numbers, including a league-leading 32 doubles and 13 home runs to go along with a .286 batting average, but has confounded the Phillies with his failure to hit with runners in scoring position -- .165 (14 for 85) with RISP, just .106 (5 for 47) with RISP and two outs.

Still, with the Phillies just 3 1/2 games out of the wild card, they may not move Werth at all, especially if they are unable to close a deal for Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt, who prefers to pitch in St. Louis (which wants him) or Atlanta and has no-trade contract protection.